Diaper Pantry helps Martin County families

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Parents know how fast you go through diapers when your kids are little.  That basic need can be very expensive, especially for people living paycheck to paycheck. There's a program in Martin County that's taking the stress off moms and dads.

It's called the Happy Baby Diaper Pantry.  Every day at least 10 families come to the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition office to pick up diapers. Each bag has about 20 diapers and they go fast.

"Sometimes you can go through 7 or 8 diapers a day and sometimes you go through like 12, it just depends," says parent Kristinna Klaw.

Klaw has four kids. Her youngest is still in diapers. She says her family was spending about $50 every week on diapers. Sometimes they had to decide between diapers and paying certain bills.

"It's stressful and it makes you feel like an inadequate parent," says Klaw.

Then she heard about the Diaper Pantry.

"In between paychecks you know where you're just struggling, you can come and get them," says Klaw.

The diaper pantry is free and open to all Martin County residents. The program began last September. Since then they've given out 36,000 diapers to families who need help.

"When we talk about 40,000 diapers that's an astronomical number," says Scott Berry, Executive Director at Healthy Starts.

Families are allowed two pick-ups a month. The Treasure Coast Food Bank supplies the diapers and Martin County Healthy Start gives them out to families in need.

"(They) can breathe because they know their kids are not going to be sitting in dirty diapers," says Klaw.

The Diaper Pantry also takes donations so its shelves are always stocked.

If you want more information about the program you can call Martin County Healthy Start at 772-463-2888.